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Severe Thunderstorm Watch Issued for Shore Area; Damaging Winds the Primary Threat

Severe Thunderstorm Threat (Credit: NWS)

Severe Thunderstorm Threat (Credit: NWS)

A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for the entire Shore area, including all of Ocean County, until 7 p.m. Tuesday night.

The National Weather Service issued the watch as its chief meteorologist in the Mount Holly office said that “damaging winds” are the primary threat forecasters are worried about in a line of storms that is expected to pass through New Jersey this afternoon.

Dan Skeldon, a meteorologist for The Press of Atlantic City, said via social media that small hail would also be possible during afternoon thunderstorms, which would likely come with frequent lightning. Skeldon agreed that damaging winds would be the primary threat Tuesday afternoon.

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The storms are expected to move from the northwest to southeast across New Jersey during the afternoon hours Tuesday, with the highest threat of severe weather occurring around 5 p.m., according to meteorologists.

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